Featured favorites – Top 5 books for your culinary delight


Cookbooks and food – choice selections from your local bookstores

Bunch of Grapes:

“Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes” by Diane Morgan – For anyone who ever picked up a strangely shaped, gnarly looking vegetable at the farmers’ market and said, “What’s this?” ROOTS is your go-to guide for veggies found underground.

“Home Made Winter” by Yvette Van Boven – Delicious recipes, beautiful photography, step-by-step instructions, and the author’s own hand-drawn artwork make a stunning package of recipes intended for the winter season.

“Baked Elements” by Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito – Arranged by the authors ten favorite ingredients — peanut butter, lemon and lime, caramel and booze, among others — which form the basis of their bakery, their books, and to some degree, their lives!

“Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source” edited by Terry Walters – In this revised edition, acclaimed author, educator, and clean food advocate Walters has created recipes that feature today’s most healthful ingredients, and offers valuable info that empowers you with the knowledge and tools for making good health both sustainable and delicious.

“The Viennese Kitchen: Tante Hertha’s Book of Family Recipes” by Monica Meehan and Maria von Baich – Based on the original notebook and recipe journal of a 1900s Baroness, this beautiful book takes readers on a journey through Viennese high society. With more than 100 original recipes, all of which have been tested and brought up to date for the modern cook, it is not only a wonderful collection of recipes but also a fascinating look at the life of a turn-of-the-century family.

Edgartown Books:

“Morning Glory Farm and the Family that Feeds an Island” by Tom Dunlop, photos by Alison Shaw – Enjoy the story of the family that began the largest farm on the Vineyard and still runs it along with a rustic farm stand that draws thousands of people during the six months of the year it is open, people who wait in lines for the farm’s hand-picked corn or just baked pies. The perfect cookbook for those who like their food with a side of gorgeous pictures in lyrical words.

“How to Cook Everything” by Mark Bittman – Mark Bittman’s award-winning volume has helped countless home cooks discover the rewards of simple cooking. You will discover how to relax and enjoy yourself in the kitchen as you prepare delicious meals for every occasion.

“Fresh and Green Table” by Susie Middleton – Susie Middleton offers up a whole new cook’s repertoire by shifting the focus to vegetables as the main course of the meal. Brimming with strategies, techniques, and 75 peerless recipes for cooking vegetables in every season, this is the book for the millions who have embraced “Meatless Mondays” and anyone who appreciates good, fresh food.

“The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook” by Ina Garten – Our all-time favorite celebrity chef. Keep an eye out for her newest cookbook due in late October.

“Slow Cooker Revolution” by The Editors at America’s Test Kitchen – The 200 recipes in this family-friendly collection deliver a revolution in slow cooking like only America’s Test Kitchen can! Get ready for winter with this fantastic collection of slow cooker recipes and great tips!

Book Den East:

“Wild Women Throw A Party” by Lynette Rohnen Shink (softcover, 2007) – Provides recipes and ideas from sources such as Sophia Loren’s pajama party, Sex and the City Happy Hour, and Annie Oakley’s Western Barbecue.

“Autumn From The Heart Of The Home” by Susan Branch (2004) – The Vineyard’s own hostess, with seasonal recipes — Orange Spiced Harvest Stew, Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and Indian Pudding, to name a few — as well as craft and decorating suggestions; a handy little book in a nice presentation.

“Cosmo Cookery – Gourmet Meals From The First Drink To The Last Kiss” by Cosmopolitan’s staff and their “lovers, husbands and friends” (1971) – Includes Helen Gurley Brown, editor-in-chief, who invites us to explore the symbiotic relationship between food and sex. Her book gives us ideas for the former. You are on your own for the latter.

“Monet’s Table: The Cooking Journals Of Claude Monet” by Claire Jones (1989) – A delightful visit to the life and time of the artist, who had a passion for comfort and good living. Beautifully illustrated with his paintings, period photos, and modern photos by Jean-Bernard Naudin. Contains more than 160 recipes from Monet’s own collection.

“Cooking In Old Creole Days” by Celestine Eustis (Derrydale Press, 1928) – A limited edition (500 copies) “period piece” for the collector of Old South cooking ways and recipes. In French and English, with a number of period illustrations.